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MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe - Men's

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sale $255.89 Original price:$319.95

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Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Balancing your needs for float, traction, and light weight, the Lightning Ascent Snowshoe will carry you through the backcountry with confidence. The frame provides 360-degree traction when you're crossing a field of powder or ascending a wind-blown ridgeline, and Paragon bindings work with steel crampons to provide sure-footed traction.

  • Lightweight yet burly snowshoes for gnarly adventures
  • Ballistic nylon decking stands up to rough terrain
  • 360-degree traction frame provides grip anywhere
  • DTX Crampons with Paragon bindings offer support
  • Heel risers help reduce fatigue during long climbs
  • Item #MSQ0001

Frame Material
aluminum, steel
Deck Material
ballistic nylon
Crampon Material
22 x 8in, 25 x 8in, 30 x 8in
Heel Risers
Ergo Televators
Recommended User Weight
[22in with tails] 250lb, [22in without tails] 180lb, [25in with tails] 120-280lb, [25in without tails] 120-220lb, [30in with tails] 180-300+lb, [30in without tails] 150-280lb
Claimed Weight
[pair, 22in] 3lb 13oz, [pair, 25in] 4lb, [pair, 30in] 4lb 9oz
Recommended Use
backcountry snowboarding, backcountry snowshoeing, snowshoe hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 3 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Climbing Machines

I've used it several times

I’ve used these snowshoes mostly on packed trails & rock/ice. They grip excellent and have a large cut out for you boots so the is no rubbing. The lifters in the back make a noticeable difference on steep accents. My pair is last years model and has a slightly different attachment system for your boots. Only downside is that they are heavier than other snowshoes such as Tubbs, but I would not go back. Flotation in powder is fair, but I use the tails if breaking new trail.

>Rating: 1

Comfortable, but had a Major Failure

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I decided to use these snowshoes for the first time to go camping this weekend near the Lefthand Park Reservoir in the Colorado Rockies. The trail was not very technical, but during the first half of my hike one of the pins that holds the right foot pivot in place came out. I do not know what caused this, as the pins seemed fine when I originally got the shoes, and I did not realize the pin was gone until the next morning, but I am quite lucky that I was not too far from a packed down trail as this rendered the shoe almost useless. Had I been stuck in deep powder, I would have been in trouble. Although I liked everything else about the shoes, especially how comfortable they were, I can't in good mind recommend them, as I think this kind of mechanical failure, without any backup parts given, is extremely dangerous, especially for a $300 pair of snowshoes.

>Rating: 5

Good in steep hardpack

I've used it several times

I snowshoe at Lassen Park in California. Mostly steeper terrain, often dense snow. Typically daytrips 10-12 miles with a few thousand feet vertical. I've been using tubular 8-25 shoes. Saw good reviews on these so I got a pair. I'm 165lb 5'10" and got the 22". Wow. Light-weight. Very sure-footed on steep hardpack. You can walk up a steep slope like stairs. Pretty good edge for sidesloping also. They don't clump up with snow underneath. The bindings make a very positive connection to the boot and provide good control of the shoe. The bindings are elastic plastic, I hope it holds up. The deck is small so not much flotation in powder (not their forte). I might get the tails, haven't decided. Not a bad shoe for descending. The only downside I've seen is that all those angled edges can also snag branches, clothing, etc.

>Rating: 5

MSR lighting ascent snowshoe

I've used it several times

I bought this Gift for my brother. His review: These replaced some big box special snowshoes and couldn't be happier. I have about 10 hours of wasatch hiking on these and these are some of my first impressions. I got the 30's because I am a big dude, and my back country rescue duties often require me to carry heavy packs. I am glad I went large. They walk like smaller shoes yes still float like powder skis on the descent. The new mesh/strap system is brilliant. I am in and walking before my friends have gotten in their first snow shoe. The integrated heel lifts are big enough to support me, without being too burly. The rim of the shoe will actually flex a bit rather than force your foot into an awkward angle, definitely saving my ankles. I have complete confidence in this product.


When you say big dude, do you mean tall & big footed? I've got a 6 ft 5 in tall brother with men's size 15 shoe size. I'm trying to figure out if these would work and whether I should get him the 25 in or 30 in.


Paragon Binding Technology

For snowshoers in demanding alpine terrain, we set out to engineer the simplest, most effective binding ever. Listen to engineer Steve Schwennsen explain how the Paragon Binding delivers pure comfort, foot control and confidence.

>Rating: 5

best non split board option

I've put it through the wringer

I used these for 2 long seasons of backcountry with a snowboard on my back. They offered a great entry point to the world of back country riding before I invested in a split board. Took these things up mt yotei, all over the west side of Tahoe, and all over Hokkaido. They work great if it gets sort of icy and do a great job keeping traction. Also work well in deep powder...at least as well as a snowshoe can. Would say you can probably get by without the extenders. I'm 5'11 168lbs and bought the 25 inch ones with the extenders. After a while I just stopped using the extenders. My one word of wisdom is to maybe put yourself at the back of the skin track so you don't totally annihilate a nice skin track being laid down by those on skis/splitboards. You can 100% keep up with most people on skins and your transitions are pretty fast as long as your dialed in about how you attach the snowshoes to your bag for the trip down.